Posted 11th January 2018 by Jane Williams
Microbiome-based interventions, whether therapeutic or prophylactic, come in a broad spectrum of modalities, a consequence of the complexity of and possibilities afforded by the microbiome.
Posted 27th December 2017 by Jane Williams
Defined health outcomes are increasingly being linked to prebiotic ingredients and supplements. For example, mounting evidence recently led the FDA to issue a qualified health claim regarding the ability of digestion resistant starch to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. With the direct annual cost of diabetes recently estimated to be $825B (1), the potential application of prebiotics to reduce disease risk is appealing from both health care and business investment perspectives.
Posted 18th December 2017 by Jane Williams
2017 has been another big year for microbiome research. Not only is funding at an all-time high but the shift from 16S to whole-genome sequencing means that we are able to deduce the role it plays in health more effectively.
Posted 13th December 2017 by Jane Williams
A prebiotic is defined as “a substrate that is selectively utilised by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit”. This updated consensus definition from the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics expands the application outside the digestive tract.
Posted 6th December 2017 by Jane Williams
The current healthcare climate is on the brink of a long overdue makeover. The clinical research industry has been increasingly plagued by a resistance to change and is subsequently feeling the pain of this reluctance to modify its approach. Indicative of this trend are the rising prices of drug and medical device development, declining patient retention and adherence in clinical research, mounting administrative burdens, and exponentially growing expenses for clinical research that are unsustainable.
Posted 27th November 2017 by Jane Williams
The human skin is densely colonised with a complex microbial community (1). Microbes are a part of the skin barrier that, combined with innate immunity, keeps the balance essential to maintaining healthy skin (2). Recent and independent research projects strongly suggested that human skin microbiota is of a major importance for human health and could be targeted to improve the skin health.